The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Jamie Holt

BIRM­ING­HAM are set to re­ward De­marai Gray for his loy­alty in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow with an im­proved con­tract.

The 18-year-old winger has lit up the Cham­pi­onship this sea­son with an ar­ray of daz­zling dis­plays, in­clud­ing a hat-trick in the 6-1 win over Read­ing in De­cem­ber.

He was the sub­ject of a £5m dead­line day of­fer from Cham­pi­onship high-fly­ers Bournemouth, but the Blues turned it down with the Eng­land U19 in­ter­na­tional happy at St An­drew’s.

And Birm­ing­ham manager Gary Rowett has re­vealed dis­cus­sions will soon take place on an im­proved deal.

“It’s im­por­tant to get him some­where where he de­serves to be fi­nan­cially,” said Rowett. “There is go­ing to be a re­ward for him just to have that sense of se­cu­rity that he can keep de­vel­op­ing and not worry at all about that side of the game

“While he is per­form­ing re­ally well for us, then ob­vi­ously we want to get him tied up and se­cure for as long as we can.”

TAL­ENTED: De­marai Gray

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